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The Boston Red Sox could not complete the sweep of the Blue Jays on Sunday in Toronto, instead dropping the series finale by a score of 5-1.
Sox starter Daniel Bard got into trouble quickly in the first, walking the first two Jays he faced before giving up a three-run homer to Jose Bautista. A double play and a fly out got Bard out of the inning with no further damage, but he was back at it again in the second.
Bard again walked the first two batters, but bounced back to strike out the next two, and then hit Yunel Escobar to load the bases with two outs. Jose Bautista then drew a full-count walk to drive in his fourth run of the game. Three pitches later, Bard hit Edwin Encarnacion to make it 5-0 Toronto.
Boston skipper Bobby Valentine had seen enough, and pulled Bard after only 55 pitches in favor of Franklin Morales. Morales proceeded to work the next 4.1 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out four. Scott Atchison and Rich Hill each pitched scoreless frames to keep the game within reach of the Red Sox offense.
Unfortunately, the Sox bats couldn’t get going against Jays starter Drew Hutchison. Hutchison tossed seven great frames, while only giving up one run on five hits and striking out five. The lone Boston run came on a fifth inning blast by catcher Kelly Shoppach, his third of the year. Darren Oliver, Francisco Cordero, and Casey Jannsen combined to pitch the last two innings and improve Hutchison’s record to 5-2. With the loss, Bard falls to 5-6.
The Red Sox have an off day Monday before hosting the Baltimore Orioles for a three-game set. Jon Lester (3-4, 4.79) and Jason Hammel (6-2, 3.06) will face off in Game 1 on Tuesday night at 7:10.